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© Martin Canales
BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI
SUNLAND PARK, NM—FEBRUARY 24, 2020—Daniel A. Ramirez’s CDS Wine N Dine, a stakes-winning 4-year-old son of champion FDD Dynasty, is one of a dozen sprinters entered in Sunday’s 350-yard, $50,000 Rio Grande Handicap at Sunland Park.
CDS Wine N Dine will be making his first official start since September 1, when the stallion scored a half-length victory in the 440-yard, $200,000 All American Gold Cup(G1) at Ruidoso Downs. The third-place finisher in last year’s 400-yard, $958,766 Ruidoso Derby (G1), CDS Wine N Dine has won five of 11 starts, including two of four at Sunland Park, and he has earned $257,257.
CDS Wine N Dine drew post 8 and will be ridden by Raul Herrera for trainer Jaime Aldavaz Jr.
Other contenders include Mystic Blues, a 4-year-old Walk Thru Fire mare trained by Sergio Ibarra for owners LOS LLC and Abelardo F. Gallegos. Mystic Blues is coming off of a 3-year-old campaign during which she earned $138,797 from seven outs and ran fourth, 1 1/4 lengths behind winner Eagle Coast, in the 440-yard, $1,008,129 Rainbow Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.
Mystic Blues drew post 10 and will be ridden by Sergio Becerra Jr.
The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments:
- Maize N Blue (Adrian Ramos, 128)
- Walcott (Alan Hernandez, 128)
- Taking The Stage (Esgar Ramirez, 128)
- Kis My Bit (L. Salvador Martinez, 128)
- Magnifico (Paul O. Garcia, 128)
- New News (Jaime P. Leos, 128)
- Ganster Americano (Mauro Salcedo, 128)
- CDS Wine N Dine (Raul Herrera, 131)
- Frost Dalena (Hector Aldrete, 128)
- Mystic Blues (Sergio Becerra Jr., 129)
- AE-One Runaway Jess (Porfirio Cano, 128)
- AE-Siximoons (Raul Herrera, 128)
All Sunland Park races can be seen at Q-RacingVideo.com.